GOOD MORNING, SUNDAY! It's the perfect time to catch up on some of the great reporting and stories the Mercury churned out this week! (PRO TIP: If you despise being "the last to know," then be one of the first to know by signing up for Mercury newsletters! All the latest stories shipped directly to your email's in-box... and then... YOUR HEAD.)
• Police Oversight Group Will Ask Council to Adopt Controversial Gunshot-Detecting Technology
A new police oversight group is poised to make its first gun violence prevention recommendation to Portland City Council: Bring the gunshot-detecting tech ShotSpotter to town.
• Joey Gibson and Other Patriot Prayer Members Head to Trial for May Day 2019 Riot Charges
The long-awaited trial of Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson (plus two other members) regarding the right-wing group's May Day 2019 riot kicks off next week. Here's the background you need to know.
• POP QUIZ PDX: Nobody Likes Illegal Fireworks and Betsy Johnson
Thinking caps on, it's time for another super fun POP QUIZ PDX! This week features trivia Qs about local insect plagues, illegal fireworks, and the MANY troubling aspects of governor candidate Betsy Johnson!
• Is Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble's The Cherry Orchard a Stage Play or a Spell?
PETE's version of "The Cherry Orchard" has haunted qualities (people skulking around under bedsheets), nostalgic monologues (frequently interrupted), and a through-line of class and generational differences, expressed in each character's footwear.
• THE TRASH REPORT: Courts! Cruises! Crackers! COVID!
This week our Elinor Jones takes on Cassidy Hutchinson, oversized Cheez-Its, and a cruise ship riot started by... a threesome? 🤔 OKAY!
• Portland Moves to Restrict Expansion of Fossil Fuel Infrastructure—Yet Again
Third time’s the charm: After six years of opposition from the fossil fuel industry and local business groups, Portland is introducing a third iteration of a policy to restrict the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure in the city.
• Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The Delicious Fun of the Mercury's NACHO WEEK Starts July 11!
Who loves nachos? 🙋♀️ Then don't miss the delicious fun of the Mercury's NACHO WEEK! Creative delights from the most inventive nacho makers in town, and only $6 a plate! Sliding into your mouth from July 11-17! 😋
• Hear in Portland!
Hear in Portland's Jenni Moore RETURNS to her music column this week—with music news about onetime Portlander Zyah Belle's extremely relatable "DND," and the dark vocal stylings of Giveon—whose tour is coming to a venue near you.
• Savage Love: Quickies
In another "Quickies" edition of SAVAGE LOVE, Dan makes quick work of a number of horny-thorny problems, such as spanking concerns, the best edible for sex, and what the fuck is up with monkeypox?
WOW, THAT IS A LOT OF GOOD READIN'. I hope you didn't have any other plans this weekend! Dig in, and remember: Producing all this hard work costs moolah—so please consider contributing to the Mercury to keep it all coming! Thanks!